Posted by: yoko | August 4, 2004

On the Path

If you listen very carefully, within the heavily accented English and banter, Maruyama-sensei has some profound words to say.

At the end of one class, he talked about the path of the learning process. He said that you could carry a student on your back down the path, but the student would become rather heavy to carry and s/he wouldn’t end up learning much. You could also guide the student, showing him where to go, which is less of a strain on your back, and soon the student learns to follow the way on his/her own.

In the end, Sensei said, the best thing we can do is to guide.

I have a strong back, but I can’t carry all that weight. Better to walk and point out things along the way.

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Responses

  1. See the movie “Spring Summer Fall Winter… and Spring,” for further elaboration on this topic.

  2. cool. I missed seeing it in theaters here– I’ll have to see if I can rent it soon.


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